Christians have a creation story that makes the case for making legal the use of Marijuana or weed. The story goes that after God had created the first man and woman, God then freely planted the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden, although he knew it bore a so-called “bad” fruit for Adam and Eve. In other words, God’s opinion of what was good and what was bad did not prevent him from freely making it available for his own two human creations. In fact, according to Christian doctrine, so powerful were the consequences for eating the fruit from the Tree of Life that it seemed a bit odd that God allowed the tree within reach of Adam and Eve in the first place.
The oddity of this Christian cosmology has haunted many Christian theologians for hundreds of years. Some, admitting as they believe that all the problems of all humankind rest solely on the idea that Adam and Eve ate of the fruit of the Tree of Life. If this action was the will of God, then Adam and Eve had no control over their actions and cannot be blamed for the mistake. If this was the will of Adam and Eve, why would a God who loves his children, his own top-of-the-line creation, beset them on a path that would eventually make them sin? Why would God provide the temptation of sinning, of eating the fruit from the Tree of Life, to Adam and Eve, when he knew that the entire destiny of the ensuing populations of humankind would rest on this (mis-)action?
However that one chooses to resolve the incident of the eating of the fruit of the Tree of Life, what remains is the indefatigable idea that even God does not prevent his own children from making decisions for themselves, good or bad. What remains is that God is so wise as to allow individuals he had created to charter their own paths as physical and spiritual beings so long as what consequences they suffer is entirely their own. God, in a nutshell does not ban from his human creations what he has also created for them no matter what the consequences of the inactions and (mis-)actions on the people may be.
The reading is revealing in two senses: (1) What God has created let no man ban no matter the direct consequences of the actions of those who willfully partake in the use of God’s creation, and the second point is that (2) God himself does not despise what he has created else he wouldn’t create it. Which also means that Man is individually inspired and motivated by God to charter his own life causes and to suffer the direct consequences of his own actions. The implications ensue as follows: (1) Marijuana or weed is God’s creation. Another way to put this is that Weed is nature, or natural. And for this reason (2) Weed cannot be despised either by God or by Man no matter what anyone might think the consequences for using it might be, or not.
The choice then of using Weed, or Marijuana, rests not on a government, or another person, or the law, or on some religious doctrine. The choice, it seems to me, at least from the Bible and from Christian cosmology, rests solely within the prerogative of the Will of Man. And for that matter the use of Weed must remain an individual choice, not God’s, not a government’s decree, and certainly not on some law. According to Christian cosmology, Man is free to use natural creations (made for him by God) as he wishes so long as he is aware of the direct consequences of his own actions.
A new paradox arises in countries that purport to be Christian nations, but where Marijuana remains illegal. More notably the United States of America, which gallivants the planet as a Christian nation, and which believes to have been ordained by God to be an exceptional nation, and yet is the biggest obstructer (sinner) of the Will of God. The United States have murdered and put more African men in jail for absolutely no law enforcement reason for Marijuana offenses alone than the Belgians massacred millions of East Africans in the Congo alone in the name of primitive accumulation. The problem of the United States is that it attempts to play God but it ends up playing Satan—internally colonizing its African populations and exporting perpetual wars outside of the United States for the blind sake of more and more primitive accumulation.
Instead, what Christian doctrine reveals is that if the United States were truly a Christian nation as it proclaims that it is, it would clean up its evil act. It would release, apologize and remunerate the African victims of its four decades of the war on drugs (The War on African Americans). All this is to say that the record is straight, the motivation is clear that God is a mindful being. He accords Men respect in the choices that they make but God does not shy from allowing the natural flow (not that enforced by government or law or person) of the direct consequences of Man’s actions to descend upon Man with the full force of its might. God is natural, and so he lets the natural be. Marijuana is a natural plant, let it be. Men will make choices to use Marijuana, let them have their will. For this is in fact the true nature of God, at least according to the Christian doctrine.